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Automatic enrolment key messages

For new employers and start up businesses If your clients have recently become an employer, it’s important they don’t forget to tell The Pensions Regulator who their nominated key point of contact is. Research by The Pensions Regulator indicates that employers who nominate a key point of contact are more likely to comply with their duties and less likely to

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One in four SMEs admit to gender pay gap

Almost eight in 10 companies and public sector bodies pay men more than women, according to government figures, while research from Close Brothers Asset Finance reveals that a quarter of SMEs admit to a gender pay gap at their firm. The figure is consistent across all regions of the UK, except in London, where 36% of respondents answered ‘yes’ to

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Changes to van duty and red diesel ‘to improve public health’

With urban air pollution becoming a hot political issue HM Treasury has launched two consultations on changes to vehicle excise duty for vans and the reduced duty rate for red diesel. With fewer than one in every 200 vans (0.4%) bought in 2016/17 an ultra-low emission model the Treasury is seeking views on reforms to vehicle excise duty, currently charged

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National minimum wage denied to 200,000 workers

The number of national minimum wage (NMW) underpayments has hit a record 200,000 workers in the past year, more than double the previous year’s total. In 2017-18, HMRC investigators identified £15.6m in pay owed for 200,000 workers, up from £10.9m for over 98,000 workers. The launch of an HMRC online complaints service in January 2017 contributed to the 132% increase

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IR35: Contractor wins battle against HMRC

A contractor working for the government through an agency has won his First-Tier Tribunal case against HMRC, raising new questions over the government’s own understanding and policing of the rules. Jensal Software Limited v Revenue & Customs considered the working arrangement  in which Ian Wells provided business analyst services through a personal service company (Jensal Software Limited) via an agency

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New laws to protect home addresses at Companies House

A change to data suppression laws will help you or your clients remove their home addresses from publicly available company documents. The law has been changed to make it easier to remove home addresses from the company register. This applies to company directors and others such as secretaries, people with significant control (PSC) and LLP members, whose home address is

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Employers caught out by National Minimum Wage rules

HMRC’s enforcement teams successfully recovered £15.6m for some 200,000 workers not paid the national minimum wage in the year to April. These figures compare with recoveries in the previous year of £10.9m for 98,000 workers. HMRC launched its online complaints service in January 2017, and this has contributed to the 132% increase in the number of complaints received over the

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Accounting salaries rise, as competition for the top candidates remains fierce

Advertised salaries across the accounting industry rose by 4.3% increase in April, with job vacancies rising by 17.8%, according to the latest data from CV-Library. The data explored fluctuations in salaries, jobs and applications throughout the month and compared these with statistics from the same period in 2017. While the country as a whole saw salaries rising by 2% year-on-year,

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HMRC warns on tax refund scams

HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings. The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year. However, criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out scam emails and SMS-messages to

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